2014 In Review (3)

Siem Reap, Cambodia

The historic temples were “lost” for a few hundred years and “rediscovered”in the early twentieth century. Though the tourism/commercialism of the history dominates, the state can’t be easily dissociated from the (relatively) recent government brutality and (ongoing) exploitation. 

2014 In Review (2)

Finding live and independent music can be difficult in Singapore. There don’t seem to be a lot of venues supporting new musicians. 

I was lucky to make a friend who invited me to a cd release show in Little India. Unfortunately, I can’t find the band information anymore – this was around Feb 2014.  

Changi Beach

Changi Beach

Changi Beach is on the far east side of Singapore, a bit out of the way. Singapore, however, is relatively small (276 sq mi) and so it takes under two hours to travel from the west (Jurong) to the east (Changi). The beach wasn’t really good for swimming, as it wasn’t sandy and there was a bit of trash around (a measuring cup was the oddest find). Still, the steady breeze from the ocean was nice.

바나나

바나나I learned three things this week.

1) How to read “바나나” (Banana in Korean).

2) There are bananas growing near the bus stop where I wait for work.

3) These bananas are inedible unless cooked (says Mingfong).

 

Garena

SEA uses a set of LoL servers that are maintained by Garena (not Riot), who is in charge of publishing/distributing Riot’s LoL content. I haven’t yet been able to play while on campus because of technical issues and Garena doesn’t have a mac client, so I haven’t had a chance to play the game locally – stuck with 200 ping to NA – but I’m amused that they’re in one of the many local malls showing off LoL to passerbys and selling merch regardless.

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